Studying architecture at Judson University encouraged holistic growth, challenging me intellectually, creatively, and spiritually. I received a well-rounded education through the diverse range of courses available, and the varying viewpoints introduced taught me to always think critically. Every professor was actively involved in my growth, and the community formed in design studio encouraged me to excel in every situation. Judson prepared me with not only a strong passion for architecture, but an understanding of my purpose to create places that connect people to each other and to the earth.
Hilary and her husband Brian pursued studies at Judson University to take part in a program where faith is an integral component to discussions about design and human wellness. Their studies at Judson instilled in them a passion for “place making,” and for designing environments that support and encourage human wellness through walkability and community. While at Judson, they enjoyed and were challenged by the historical foundation they received and the program’s commitment to teaching sustainability in architecture.
Judson not only helped shape my future, but my character. They taught discipline and hard work, being confident in my work and the talents God has blessed me with. During my studies at Judson, I participated in design and service trips to the Bahamas, Honduras, and India, working alongside Judson professors. While at Judson, I received the Chicago Women in Architecture Honor Award, the first time ever awarded to a Judson graduate. Because of Judson’s rigorous and competitive program, I was able to set high standards in searching for the right job.
My time at Judson furthered my passion for design and showed me how practicing architecture could strengthen my Christian faith. Earth stewardship and design that is responsible and thoughtful are core values instilled at Judson. Special opportunities to travel abroad expanded my exposure to other cultures and ways of thinking. I became interested in how beauty and place intersected with design, and pursued a path into traditional architecture.